Month: February 2019

Pasting POP assignments on Midas Pro series

Pasting POP assignments on Midas Pro series

For the VCA mixing style common in musical theater, I start with a “base” scene which is scoped to save and recall every parameter on the entire console. From there, a series of successive scenes recall only channel mute status, VCA name, and VCA membership as the show progresses to bring the proper characters onto the VCA faders for mixing.

Three-In-One Day

Three-In-One Day

Started the day off with a Pro1 programming session. I’m trying to get the desk to do a VCA line-by-line style show, in which the automation only recalls the channel mutes and VCA membership. I do have it working but there are a few little niggles that need to be smoothed out. Got an email …

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Gig Diary – Stand Up Comedy

Gig Diary – Stand Up Comedy

My auto-correct suggested “gig diarrhea,” which is ironic considering that this comedian has been telling poop jokes for the last twenty minutes. A single-input comedy show is a very revealing test for a system tech. If your system is leaving seats uncovered, you’ll know. The good ole’ 58 EQ: By this point in my career, …

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Holding Out For A Zero: The Incremental Quest Towards A Perfect Zero Scene

Holding Out For A Zero: The Incremental Quest Towards A Perfect Zero Scene

I don’t need to list the benefits afforded by working with a digital mixing console, but I will anyway – flexible parametric EQs, high channel counts in a small footprint, the night-after-night precision of recall and automation features, the convenience of traveling with nothing but a showfile, the list goes on. However, for me, the …

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Pedalboard Studies

Pedalboard Studies

I’m certainly not a guitar tech, but even knowledge of basic concepts like gain structure and equalization can go a long way toward improving the outcome of a project. Tyler’s lead guitar player, Dave, and I had spent dozens of hours working on incremental improvements to his sound, and the latest iteration is quite a …

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Informed Approach: Talking Shop With Front Of House Engineer Ryan O John

Informed Approach: Talking Shop With Front Of House Engineer Ryan O John

Principal product manager/designer for Avid and part of the development team for the VENUE | S6L mix system discusses intuitive workflows, DSP, and more. I first crossed paths with front of house engineer Ryan O John about six years ago, when he was in town with the Phillip Phillips tour and I happened to be …

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Different But The Same: Talking With Broadcast Mixer Andrew Stoakley About The Craft

Different But The Same: Talking With Broadcast Mixer Andrew Stoakley About The Craft

Looking at the similarities and differences in tools and technique between mixing for broadcast versus front of house. Andrew Stoakley is a television audio production mixer with 25 years of experience in remote mobile work, mixing a wide range of sports broadcasts (MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, CFL, MLS, curling and many others) along the way. …

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Gig Diary: Symphony @ Hamilton College

Gig Diary: Symphony @ Hamilton College

Doesn’t get much more “back to basics” than this. My role in this production is limited to comms and an announce mic, so I took the opportunity to do an RF coordination on the venue’s ULXD rack and their wireless comm packs. Feeling newly inspired after our chat with RF guru James Stoffo, I ran …

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Gig Diary: Jazz Trio @ Hamilton College

Gig Diary: Jazz Trio @ Hamilton College

Excellent jazz trio. Lovely gentlemen. Great players and great to work with. They sounded great. The mix was open, clean, and natural. Gentle reinforcement.   Christian travels with a piano pickup system that we took via a BSS active DI. In addition, we had two Neumann km86i on the open-lid piano. Monitors was predominantly the …

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BTL#7 – Sub Placement Part 2

BTL#7 – Sub Placement Part 2

My previous post covered the boring groundwork of sub-sub and sub-boundary interactions. Now we can use that knowledge to create different subwoofer arrays. You may find it helpful to review the basic beamsteering mechanisms and how those look on an analyzer, as we’ll be putting those concepts in to practice here. These predictions were created with MAPP XT, and …

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